Scorsese Presents Blues: Red White & BluesDirector: Mike Figgis
Cast: Mike Figgis
Academy Award-winning director (and sometimes musician) Mike Figgis directs this look at the British blues scene, examining how it started, how it evolved, and how it later came to influence the growth of both blues and rock in the United States. Packed with fascinating anecdotes, which, unfortunately, don't always cohere into a satisfying whole, Red, White & Blues has been given a well-rounded presentation for its DVD release. The documentary has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1, while the audio appears in two formats: Dolby Digital 5.1 (in a surround sound mix) and PCM stereo (in an uncompressed two-channel version). Figgis also appears in an onscreen interview in which he discusses the film and his musical background, a subject he also touches upon in an optional commentary track. (A filmography for Figgis is also included.) Seven outtakes from blues sessions filmed at Abbey Road Studios for the film have been included as bonus material, though beyond Lulu's effecting version of "Cry Me a River" and sax-man Pete King's take on "Lush Life," most seem more like unfocused jams than anything else. A menu option allows viewers to cue up individual musical performances in the film. Other extras include a trailer for the documentary series and a commercial from Volkswagen, who sponsored the films.
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- Original Release:
- Hip-O Records
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen]
- [stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Susannah Doyle||Production Manager|
|Martin Scorsese||Executive Producer|
|Patrick Alexander Stewart||Cinematographer|
1. Series Open [1:10]
2. Red, White & Blues: Come Together [1:05]
3. Van Morrison With Jeff Beck: "Rambler's Blues" [6:05]
4. The Post War Years: A Revivalist Thing... [1:42]
5. Christine Tobin & Humphrey Lyttelton: "Young Woman's Blues" [1:08]
7. Sub-Splitting the Split: Ken Colyer [2:09]
8. Big Bill Broonzy: The Art Blakey of the Blues [3:12]
9. Sister Rosetta Tharpe [1:28]
10. Skiffle & Lonnie Donegan [4:30]
11. The Hybrid Form: Humphrey Lyttelton & Joe Meek [3:11]
12. The Essence Is the Same [:23]
14. Visiting Bands: Can You Change the Key? [1:38]
15. "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" Muddy Waters - Part 1 [:35]
17. "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" Muddy Waters - Part 2 [:41]
18. The Attitude [1:32]
19. Tom Jones With Jeff Beck: "Love Letters" [3:15]
20. Clubs [1:38]
21. Tom Jones & Jeff Beck: "Goin' Down Slow" [1:15]
22. Flamingo Jazz: Meeting Otis [3:33]
24. Reflections in Vinyl [4:56]
25. Booker T. & the M.G.'s: "Green Onions" [2:02]
27. American Forces Radio: Listening Parties [1:37]
28. Stormy Monday [:38]
30. Guitars [:38]
32. Bending Strings [2:00]
33. The 1960s Explosion: Korner & Clapton [:51]
34. Alexis Korner: "Hoochie Coochie Man" [3:17]
35. University of Changes: Steve Winwood [1:41]
36. Beatles and Stones [:55]
37. John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band Feat. Eric Clapton: "Yer Blues" [1:51]
38. Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones: "Champagne and Reefer" [:26]
39. "When Cream Came... That Was It" [1:00]
40. Taking It Back to America [1:04]
41. Cream: "Crossroads" [:18]
42. British Blues Invasion: Traffic, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Burden [1:19]
43. As Long as It Was Real [1:12]
44. Tom Jones With Jeff Beck: "Hard Times" [2:03]
45. Out of Stagnation: Music From Big Pink [1:19]
46. What Is the Blues? [4:44]
47. Lulu With Jeff Beck: "Drown in My Own Tears" [:38]
48. Was the UK Blues Scene Significant? [5:02]
49. Credits [2:42]
Play Film W/ Director Commentary
Songs From Film
Play All Songs
Van Morrison With Jeff Beck: "Rambler's Blues"
Christine Tobin & Humphrey Lyttelton: "Young Woman's Blues"
Jon Cleary: "Big Chief"
Muddy Waters: "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" - Part 1
Muddy Waters: "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had" - Part 2
Tom Jones With Jeff Beck: "Love Letters"
Tom Jones & Jeff Beck: "Goin' Down Slow"
Tom Jones: "Think" (With Jimmy McCracklin Record)
Booker T. & the M.G.'s: "Green Onions"
Chris Farlowe & Albert Lee: "Stormy Monday Blues"
Jeff Beck: "Rollin' & Tumblin'"
Alexis Korner: "Hoochie Coochie Man"
John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band Feat. Eric Clapton: "Yer Blues"
Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones: "Champagne and Reefer"
Tom Jones With Jeff Beck: "Hard Times"
Lulu With Jeff Beck: "Drown in My Own Tears"
5.1 Surround Sound
Lulu With Jeff Beck - "Cry Me a River"
Pete King - "Lush Life"
Jeff Beck - "Nadia"
Jon Cleary - Piano Improvisation
Band Rehearsal - Blues Jam
Band Rehearsal - "Who's Sorry Now?" (Instrumental)
Mike Figgis - Piano Jam
The Blues Trailer
Volkswagen Commercial: Proud Sponsor of The Blues
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The Dvd and the CD are a must for lovers of the blues. The "live sessions" with Tom Jones(who has a magnificent Blues voice) and Jeff Beck are great. I didn't know that Lulu of the old "To Sir with love" fame had a voice like she does. I think that these artists should record nother blues album together again and do it live.